Internal familial disputes such as divorce, divided families, temporary living arrangement or remarriage can lead to confusion and stress. One way to resolve the tensions is through the adoption process. Adoption by a step-parent or new spouse eliminates confusion and ensures that both the child and new parent have legal protections and rights. This process also eliminates the rights of biological and birth parents, often causing conflict. If you are interested in adopting your partner’s child and know you will face challenges along the way you will need a seasoned litigator who will effectively represent your interests in the courtroom and terminate paternal rights, if necessary.